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Not a flower shop: exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias ... in the automotive plastic parts industry in Ontario  
http://cwhn.ca/en/networkmagazine/notaflowershop

Discusses the work of researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith who have studied the links between cancer risk and occupation in the automovie plastics industry in Sarnia, Ontario. Much of the material used in this article is drawn from the chapter entitled “Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?” in the book Consuming Chemicals: Law, Science and Policy for Women's Health, edited by D.N. Scott and written by Brophy, Keith, and fellow researchers Robert DeMatteo, Michael Gilbertson, Andrew Watterson and Matthias Beck. 

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Published: 2012
Defining endocrine disruptors: are women workers in the automotive plastics industry particularly at risk?  
http://cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/resources/cancer/defining%20endocrine%20disruptors%20-%20EN%20Final.pdf

A clear language factsheet describing the possible health dangers from chemical expsurres experienced by women who work in the automotive plastics industry.  Exposures described are mainly by breathing the fumes and dusts, and also by absorption through the skin. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone systems and are therefore called endocrine disruptors.

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Published: 2012
NNEWH Plastics workshop (video series)  
http://www.youtube.com/user/nnewh/videos

Fourteen videos documenting a workshop hosted by NNEWH in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in January 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop dealt with recent studies on the emerging health concerns for women workers in the auto sector, specifically plastics manufacturing and the possible elevated incidence of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women plastics workers. 

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Published: 2012
Chemical exposure and plastics production: issues for women's health  
http://www.nnewh.org/images/upload/attach/2502NNEWH%20Lit%20Review%20-%20Chem%20Exp%20and%20Plastics%20Production.pdf

A literature review of chemical exposure and plastics production as it relates to women's health.

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Published: 2011
Injury and injury prevention: women in work related to mining  
http://www.pwhce.ca/injuryPreventionMining.htm

Report of a project that involved interviews with seventeen women occupying a variety of positions in the mining sector within rural, remote and northern settings in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Includes findings related to safety training, injury prevention, occupational injuries, and other work-related stressors and concludes with a number of recommendations that surfaced throughout the discussions with the women.

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Published: 2012
Double exposure the fight against reproductive hazards in the workplace   
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1980_Healthsharing_Vol_1_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article discusses exclusionary practices by industries; how often women have been excluded from jobs traditionally worked by men that may involve occupational hazards to reproduction; Discusses risks for men; Calls for improvement of work environment rather than discrimination of workers; Includes excerpt from “Workplace Hazards to Reproduction” Jennifer Penney, Health November 1978.

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Published: 1980
If the chair fits, sit on it  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1981_Healthsharing_Vol_2_No_4_Fall.pdf

This article discusses workplace furniture and our bodies. Provides a checklist to determine whether the chair you sit on at work is good for your well being. Recommends what to do about it.

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Published: 1981
Very damning testimony  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1982_Healthsharing_Spring.pdf

This article discusses the influx of Video Display Terminals in workplaces. Explains VDTs and how they are harmful for clerical workers. Introduces strategies for change. 

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Published: 1982
The politics of artificial light  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1982_Healthsharing_Spring.pdf

 This article addresses our increased dependency on artificial light, specifically fluorescent light. Describes how this increased dependency came to be. identifies how this change in our environment has impacted our bodies and biological rhythms. Explains how artificial light differs from the sun. 

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Published: 1982
Mercury poisoning: one woman’s story  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/Healthsharing/1983_Healthsharing_Summer.pdf

This article consists of an interview with a dental assistant who learns too late about the occupational hazards of mercury. Her story describes a struggle with illness, with the dental and medical professions, with the compensation system, with family and friends and with herself. 


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Published: 1983